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Shades of White and Aquamarine at Sumilon Island (Oslob, Cebu): Photo of the Day

“Welcome to your private island,” says Charlene Faith Gabito, of the Sumilon Island in Oslob, Cebu. Sumilon Island is a marine sanctuary located at the southeastern tip of Cebu province. It is around 125 kilometers from Cebu City, roughly 3 hours by land. [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Shades of White and Aquamarine at Sumilon Island (Oslob, Cebu): Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Oslob Road

There are a couple of truths that we’ve confirmed as we grow older. Work, for instance, becomes a chore without fun. People are also more productive when they are having fun. Well, at least that’s what we believe. A month ago since we opened our instagram account, we did not anticipate how fun it is to look at photos of the Philippines snapped by fellow wanderers. We get the occasional fun puzzle of looking at photos which look similar, like that memory game of flipping over cards and matching the same photo. Take, for instance, the photo of Gisela (itsgisela_) who is comfortably sitting in the MIDDLE of the road with this caption “relaks lang, darating din ang bus.” Another one of the wonderful buwis-buhay fun selfies, we thought (don’t be fooled, however, in thinking that there are no vehicles passing this way…this is a road in Oslob, Cebu, now a busy place because of people wanting to see the butanding). Look at this photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Oslob Road

Photo of the Day: Merging the Butanding Sea and Oslob Sky

The chase for the butanding, whether in the traditional Donsol or in Oslob, has one central character — the butanding or whale shark. Regardless of the camera used, whether underwater or above the water, and no matter what the pose of the traveler, it’s almost always about that spotted gentle giant. It’s rare that we see, while in the process of waiting for the butanding, something else to take center stage — the skyline; a merging of the sky and the sea. “My type of skyline,” said the lovely Myx Ignacio when she posted her awesome photo (click photo to enlarge). We can’t help but agree with her. Look at the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Merging the Butanding Sea and Oslob Sky

Photo of the Day: Butanding in Oslob, Cebu

Here’s an amazing underwater photo of a Philippine traveler — with a giant whale shark, huge mouth wide open, swimming in his direction. Instagram user Selmar Maribojo III (k2ytravelust) visited the butanding in Oslob (Cebu) and came back with this cool photo (click the photo to enlarge). Continue reading Photo of the Day: Butanding in Oslob, Cebu

Wildlife Encounter: What NOT to Do when Interacting with Whale Sharks

We’ve swam with whale sharks, locally known as butanding, in Donsol, Sorsogon. We were required to undergo a few minutes of film showing on the dos and don’ts when interacting with the butanding. a Butanding Interaction Officer (BIO), whose duty is to remind guests of the guidelines and to ensure everyone is safety (that goes for sharks and humans), is assigned to each group. We were told to stay a few meters away from the butanding, do not block its path, and DO NOT touch them. Imagine our shock when we saw someone STANDING ON a butanding allegedly in Oslob, Cebu. Continue reading Wildlife Encounter: What NOT to Do when Interacting with Whale Sharks